Women Who Inspire: Yasmine

 
Yasmine: Photos and Makeup by Christine Aguiling

Yasmine: Photos and Makeup by Christine Aguiling

During my recent travels up the West Coast, I eventually made my way up to my home of origin, Seattle, WA.  Much of my family and friends are still there, but many have left in pursuit of career, adventure and personal exploration.  Yasmine is one of my oldest, most dear friends who did just that.  Due to eventual geographical challenges, regular visits became a bigger challenge for the two of us.  But after two years without seeing each other we realized were both in Seattle at the same time without realizing it, no advance notice - and when we are in the same city at the same time I consider it a serendipitous blessing.  We quickly made plans to meet up for a coffee date in the heart of downtown to do our best to catch up on life in a short window of time.  And as always, it was made clear that no matter how much time passes or where we are in our separate lives, we are always able to pick up where we last left off, sharing as if we were together just yesterday.  It was a stereotypical, chilly, gray day in the city we spent our growing years, but capturing my beautiful friend’s light with a little makeup and photo session was an incredible opportunity, regardless of the weather.

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Yasmine and I grew up together in the Pacific North West and our history runs deep – complete with humble beginnings, teenage angst, bad wardrobe choices, relationship woes…you name it, we experienced it.  But she always seemed to be able to see outside the bubble we existed in, thinking about what she wanted beyond what was easily attainable.  It was always clear, even in youth, that she was unique, strong-willed, destined for bigger things.  And despite the ever-present temptation to stay where things are comfortable and friendships are fruitful, it didn’t take long for her to realize her potential needed to be met elsewhere. 

In our younger years, she made no secret of her desire to move in the direction of the fashion world – her juvenile fashion design sketches so telling of her talents.  I will always remember the day she called to say she was moving to New York for an incredible career opportunity; one day she was a college graduate, pondering her next steps in life, the next she was moving across the country to make the goals she had long worked towards a reality - and with little to no advance notice.  Despite the fact that I was left feeling completely stunned, trying to absorb the fact that she was leaving so quickly, deep down I knew that moment would come eventually.  And if she was nervous, you wouldn’t have known it – she was ready to seize the day.  Since then she has called multiple incredible cities “home”, stretching herself to experience all she can in order to be sure she where she is meant to be.

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So many years have passed yet that phone call remains seared into my memory.  It was such a defining time in life, and so telling of the person Yasmine has always been.  She has since built a career in the world we could only dream about as teenagers, living a lifestyle that is so completely right for her.  But even with the success she has found in the career she has worked so hard for, she cannot be defined by her achievements.  She relentlessly pushes forward towards new goals and aspirations, all the while she remains the humble, kind, down-to-earth person she has always been.  Strong, motivated, she does things on her own terms and she is a woman of her word.  You may not always be able to anticipate her next move, but you can be sure she is moving in the direction of her choosing with wholehearted commitment.  And when she realizes she must move on in search of her next adventure in a new city, she doesn’t hesitate to take the necessary steps to make that change happen. 

There is a special beauty that can be found in a woman who works from the ground up, knows what she wants and goes for it against all odds, knowing that all that can be relied upon is the will and drive found inside ourselves.  In a world where we question the path we must take, the person we must be, the luck we wish we could have - Yasmine is living, breathing proof that you can have a goal or dream and literally reach out and touch it, live it, with hard work and sheer determination.  Knowing that the only way to achieve the things she wanted out of life was to work incredibly hard without compromising who she is as a woman or forgetting where she came from.  I can't count the amount of times I struggled to see beyond the only life I knew, wanting to take the leap I wasn't yet ready to.  But in those moments I was able to find a bit of that adventure, inspiration and strength through her.  I will always be grateful for that.

As the Universe would have it, our serendipitous coffee date in Seattle was happening just as Yasmine was in the midst of another life transition.  I was beyond excited to be able to catch her just as she was on the brink of her next chapter.  As I sat and listened to her speak about her next steps, I couldn’t help but feel the familiar awe I have always felt in her presence.  The admiration, the love, the gratitude I will always feel for our friendship.  The comfort of knowing that regardless of time and distance, this beautiful, dear friend and our special little catch-up dates will always be one of the constants life will allow.  With all the things in life that undeniably must change, I am thankful some things continue to remain the same.  I look forward to seeing where her adventure takes her next.

Women Who Inspire: Kayko

 
Kayko Tamaki : Photos and Makeup by Christine Aguiling

Kayko Tamaki : Photos and Makeup by Christine Aguiling

Recently I traveled back to my beloved West Coast for photography and modeling opportunities, making my way through California and up into the Pacific Northwest.  Much to my delight, Kayko Tamaki and I had the chance to get together during my stay in San Francisco.  It was abnormally warm for fall weather in the Bay Area but we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day for makeup and a photo session.  We sat for a few hours at a cute cafe in Oakland and exchanged stores of adventures in travel, self-exploration, relationships and love.  Talked of the challenges of leaving home, the discomfort taking risks can cause, and the enlightenment it all can bring. Just 2 little hapa girls sharing life and friendship over lattes and a shared sandwich on a sunny afternoon.  My favorite kind of day.

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kaykotamaki

Originating from Hawaii and eventually making her home away from home (for the time being) in the Bay Area, Kayko took great leaps leaving her origins in pursuit of exploration; of herself, others and the world.  Even the most seasoned tourist falls under the spell of the special magic Hawaii possesses, making it incredibly difficult for locals to move away from the island.  But it was absolutely necessary for her to leave in order to experience life on her own terms, to see the world with her own eyes.  And she is determined to continue growing and evolving with each new experience.  The beauty of being able to call the islands home is that it won't ever matter where or how far away she roams, she carries with her the island girl essence and spirit that is her core.

 

The epitome of a multifaceted human, she is an incredibly talented painter, performer, photography and videography enthusiast, devoted yogi, traveler… the list goes on.  An artist in the truest sense of the word, turning even the simplest of things into a thought provoking vision.  Having a penchant for world travel, she has even gone on solo adventures in pursuit of exploration in some of the most amazing places in the world.  A spiritual, free spirit, through and through.  With her newest venture, Heart & Soul Hypnotherapies®, she is working towards spreading awareness and educating about the power of healing through hypnotherapy.  Helping us understand how we can gain clarity by accessing our subconscious, connecting our hearts and souls to our minds and bodies and finding peace in the midst of chaos. 

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kaykotamaki

Considering all the different hats Kayko wears and the amazing, colorful things she embraces in her every day life, she is simply living, breathing the things she loves - and what makes her amazing is that she really cannot be defined.  She doesn’t wear her interests as titles; they are all simply the different layers of who she is and she embodies it all as a whole.  Constantly seeking her own self-acceptance and peace, navigating through the challenges of each day by sharing what she is learning with the vision that we can all share in this growing experience together.  She commits herself to living in and savoring the moment, spreading good vibes and sharing love.  And she does this by humbly exposing her own heart, allowing us all a window into her beautiful soul; with the risk of exposing imperfections, heartache, and all that makes us human.

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There are few special individuals out there whose presence alone is capable of invoking feeling and emotion simply by being.  They move you to want to fully experience the beauty of this life with every single one of our senses.  They love, they explore, they feel their way through the chaos of our earthly existence and inspire us simply through the way they live.  Kayko is undeniably one of those  humans.  She has a glow about her that draws you in and keeps you warm, makes you feel safe.  Living on different continents for a time being, it was clear we were kindred spirits sharing life through each others eyes from afar.  It's incredible how natural connections are truly organic, the universe bringing people together at just the right time.  I am so very appreciative of her vision and view of the world, as it has been an inspiration to me in so many areas of my life.  And I'm thankful she allowed me to continue improving my craft and express my art through her breathtaking beauty and light.

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“Our souls are pure and whole but it is our mind and bodies that are wounded and in need of nurturing and love.  If we can allow ourselves the stillness and meditative space that hypnosis guides us into—we can surely find our innate nature of peace and brilliance that we all have within us.”  -Kayko

 

For more information about Kayko's Heart & Soul Hypnotherapies® visit her website

www.heartandsoulhypnotherapies.com

Instagram: @heartandsoulhypnosis @kaykotamaki